Santa can’t be everywhere. So sometimes he has some very special people filling in for him. Members of the Jindra family have taken turns donning a Santa suit and gathering up a dedicated group of “elves” to spread holiday cheer at medical centers in Cleveland every Christmas morning for the past 54 years, including the last 14 years at David Simpson Hospice House. They are carrying on a century-old family tradition started by his great-grandfather in 1916.
There is the line from the movie “Field of Dreams”, “If you build it he will come”. I believe if someone would rebuild Euclid Beach Park exactly how it appeared in the 60’s people will come, especially after seeing thousands of people attending the 13th annual “Remembering the Sights and Sounds of Euclid Beach Park” on the temperature (94) record breaking Sunday, September 24. Folks came out on the hot and sunny day to walk where Cleveland’s most beloved amusement park operated for 74 seasons and possibly to rekindle a memory or two or three or more for the old park surly gave anyone who visited many good and fond memories. To help with memories of the rides, Euclid Beach Park Now has produced photo posters of the individual rides and attractions with a descriptive paragraph or two. These were set out as close as possible to where the ride or attraction once stood in Cleveland Metroparks, Euclid Beach Park, which covers what was the eastern part of the amusement park. For rides and attractions that once occupied the western part or what is now the parking lot, a cluster of photo posters were set up to lead attendees from the parking area to the picnic pavilion. There one could purchase T-shirts and sweatshirts paying homage to Euclid Beach Park. A new design offered this year had a graphic of the “Over the Falls” which began as the “Mill Chute” at Euclid Beach Park in 1921. Euclid Beach Park Now also had some products, DVD’s of the park and CD’s of the old band organs and copies of the book they published with Arcadia publishing. The two surviving authors of “Euclid Beach Park is closed for the season” were present; Lee Bush and Dick Hershey to greet people and sign copies of the book. Laughing Sal was also in the pavilion to greet attendees. Walking tours were available on the hour led by a Euclid Beach Park historian, talking about the rides and their location and presenting a history of the park.
The Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District and Ward 8 Councilman Michael D. Polensek will host a public meeting on Sept. 7 to discuss plans for the Euclid Creek Flood Control Shoaling Removal Project. The meeting begins at 6 p.m. and will take place at St. John's Lutheran Church Community Room at 17403 Nottingham Rd.
Looking to fill your morning on Saturday September 17th? Look no further!
Join Adopt-a-Beach volunteers at Euclid Beach for International Coastal Cleanup Day from 10am-12pm at Euclid Creek Reservation - Euclid Beach 16301 Lakeshore Blvd.
Volunteers at Euclid Beach will take part in a global beach cleanup in partnership with the Alliance for the Great Lakes Adopt-a-Beach program and the Ocean Conservancy. On International Coast Cleanup Day, thousands of volunteers head to beach cleanups around the world to raise awareness about the challenges of plastic pollution in our water. Debris collected at the Euclid Beach cleanup is recorded on data cards and submitted to the Alliance for the Great Lakes and the Ocean Conservancy along with data from beaches across the globe! For more information about the Alliance for the Great Lakes Adopt-a-Beach Program, visit http://www.greatlakes.org/adoptabeach and for the Ocean Conservancy, visit http://www.oceanconservancy.org/
Volunteers will meet at the Euclid Beach Picnic Pavilion about 10-15 minutes before the cleanup to sign in (the entrance to Euclid Beach is located directly across the street from the Collinwood Rec Center).
Looking for something to do on Friday starting June 10th through August 12th? Come enjoy the lake, music and food trucks at Euclid Beach Park 5:30pm until 8:30pm!
Check out the scheduled list of performers below:
• July 8 : The Benjaminz
• July 15: Hubb's Groove
• July 22: Grammy Award Winning Kinsman Dazz Band
• July 29: Cecil Rucker's Good Vibes
• August 5: The Williams Project
• August 12: The 147 Band
On the hunt for a new book?
Stop by The Lakefront Literacy Project’s mobile book box Fridays at Euclid Beach Park during the Cleveland Metroparks “Euclid Beach Live!” concert series. The mobile library is a volunteer-led, grant funded initiative launched in spring 2015 by North Collinwood residents.
By Brittney Moffatt
The Lakefront Literacy Project is back for a second summer of literature and learning at Euclid Beach Park.
Join volunteers at Euclid Beach Park on Saturday, April 9, 2016 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM for our 1st beach cleanup of the year! Volunteers should meet at the Euclid Beach Picnic Pavilion about 10-15 minutes before the cleanup to sign in. The entrance to Euclid Beach is located at 16250 Lakeshore Blvd, directly across the street from the Collinwood Rec Center.
Refreshments are provided to all volunteers before and after the beach cleanup.
Dress for the weather (this is a rain or shine event). Long sleeves and pants, boots or work shoes, and work gloves are recommended. Trash bags and gloves will be provided.
All groups are welcome, but children under age 18 require a parent or guardian's signature upon sign in. Children ages 13 & younger must be accompanied by an adult.
For more information, please contact Daniel Subwick at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Euclid Beach Cat Project has been saving lives and curbing the epidemic of cat overpopulation for ten years. We manage two stationary shelters. The cats within these shelters come to us from a variety of grievous situations. All recieve immediate veterinary care and are neutered. Those we think have any potential for adoption are given the chance to trust and love again. In additon, we practice what is termed TNR - that is the trap, neuter and return to well managed colonies where the cats are fed, sheltered and monitored by EBCP and responsible caregivers.
Fall is upon us and with it, change is all around whether its shorter days and colorful leaves. But there's one thing that remains constant no matter the season.....LITTER ON OUR BEACHES! Help the Euclid Beach Adopt-a-Beach Team DO something about it and join volunteers for our Do Something Day beach cleanup on Saturday 10/10 at Euclid Beach Park from 10am-12pm - made possible by support from Alliance for the Great Lakes, and Radio One, home of Z 107.9!
All volunteers will meet in the Euclid Beach Park Picnic Pavilion (16301 Lakeshore Blvd.) between 9:30 am and 10:00 am to sign in, break up into teams and head out to the beach. Coffee, water, and light refreshments will be provided before the cleanup and pizza, hotdogs and chips will be available after the cleanup in the picnic shelter. Gloves, rakes, buckets, and bags will be provided for beach cleanup volunteers. Please dress for the weather...whatever it may be and wear closed toed tennis shoes or boots!
Looking to fill your morning on Saturday September 19th? Look no further! Join volunteers at Euclid Beach for the Ohio Coastweeks - International Coastal Cleanup Day Adopt-a-Beach Cleanup or join volunteers at Wildwood Park for the Fall Cleanup & Bioswale Garden Service Day. It's going to be so hard to just choose one!
Ohio Coastweeks Adopt-a-Beach Cleanup: 10am-12pm - Euclid Beach Park
-Description - Volunteers at Euclid Beach will take part in an Ohio Coastweeks - International Coastal Cleanup Day with a Euclid Beach Adopt-a-Beach cleanup. Debris collected at Ohio's cleanups and throughout the world is recorded on data cards and submitted to the Ocean Conservancy. For information about Ohio Coastweeks visit http://lakeerie.ohio.gov/PublicOutreach/Coastweeks.aspx and for more information about the Ocean Conservancy visit http://www.oceanconservancy.org/
-Location: Volunteers should meet at the Euclid Beach Picnic Pavilion about 10-15 minutes before the cleanup to sign in (the entrance to Euclid Beach is located at 16250 Lakeshore Blvd. directly across the street from the Collinwood Rec Center).
-Refreshments provided to all volunteers before and after the beach cleanup.
-Dress for the weather (this is a rain or shine event), Bring water, Wear long sleeves and pants, boots or work shoes, and work gloves are recommended. Trash bags and gloves will be provided.
We had a BLAST celebrating community and creativity on the shores of Lake Erie at the sixth annual Euclid Beach Blast! We jammed and danced to local talent at the Beachland at the Beach stage from The Prime Directive, Maura Rogers and the Bellows, David Loy and the Ramrods and Grupo Son Gitano and if jamming and dancing to the sound and the beat of these bands wasn’t enough, we kept it moving with a kickoff from the O.H. Perry Drumline, high kicks from Unified Martial Arts and side kicks and more from a Nulife fitness bootcamp demonstration!
Get Involved with North Collinwood's biggest event on the Lakefront! The 6th Annual Euclid Beach Blast is a community organized, volunteer led event celebrating community and creativity on the shores of Lake Erie on Saturday August 1st, 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. We would love to have you help us make this year’s Blast bigger and better than ever! Event volunteers are needed to help with set up, staffing event activities and tear down.
Volunteer perks include:
- Beach Blast T-shirt
- Raffle tickets towards some pretty awesome raffle baskets from local businesses
- $5 Food voucher good at any event vendor
- Volunteer After Party - Free Admission to the Beachland Ballroom Tavern concert and $2 Heineken (for volunteers 21+)
If you are interested in volunteering, please fill out our volunteer signup form by visiting the following link: http://goo.gl/forms/mXelEKRGB2
Please complete the volunteer sign up by Friday July 10, 2015.
All volunteers are required to attend a pre event orientation session at the Euclid Beach Park Picnic Pavilion (rain location - Collinwood Rec Center) on either Tuesday, July 14, 2015 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. or Saturday, July 18, 2015 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Pizza and pop will be provided at the orientation!
For more information, contact Elva Brodnick at email@example.com 216-738-0626 or visit www.euclidbeachblast.com
You like us - you really do! Thanks to our wonderful neighbors and park users who have borrowed a book, newspaper, or magazine from The Lakefront Literacy Project’s mobile library since the end of May. Nothing makes our volunteers happier than a satisfied reader.
Visit the library every Saturday between now and the end of September from 11:30 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. and grab some reading material for your day at the beach. Feel free to take it with you until you are finished enjoying, then simply return on a Saturday for the next person to enjoy.
Do you have a few hours to spare? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know of your interest and availability for staffing the library on Saturdays. The position is fun and easy… and yes you can sit down and read a magazine on the job!
Learn more: www.facebook.com/lakefrontliteracy
Cleveland Metroparks has been working diligently to try to identify a designated swim location for the community at Euclid Beach. In our efforts to identify the designated swim area, we encountered numerous submerged obstacles that make swimming at Euclid Beach hazardous. Euclid Beach will be closed for swimming for the time being. The beach itself will be open and we encourage visitors to enjoy the beach area.
Imagine clear blue skies, gently lapping waves, sand shifting under your toes. But what’s missing? A book! Thanks in part to a grant from Neighborhood Connections, in summer 2015 The Lakefront Literacy Project is bringing literature and a love of learning to Cleveland’s Euclid Beach Park’s lakefront with a custom-crafted mobile library, part of the renowned “Little Free Library” network.
This free library dreamed up by North Collinwood residents Ali Lukacsy, Emily Martis, and Robert Gatewood and staffed by neighborhood volunteers will appear at the beach during weekends, holidays, and special programmed events and house a rotating collection of books, magazines, and newspapers catering to both children and adults and our English and Russian speaking North Collinwood neighbors.
As the ice melts away along the shores of Lake Erie, signs of spring are now around us; chirping birds, daffodils, and of course, litter...and lot's of it! After being trapped in the ice for over two months, litter has made its way ashore and it's definitely time for some spring cleaning down on the beach! On Saturday, April 11, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. help Euclid Beach Adopt-a-Beach Team volunteers clear and catalog hundreds of pieces of plastic trash and other debris from the beach. All plastic trash collected from this and other monthly Adopt-a-Beach and stream cleanups across Cleveland will contribute to a large-scale sculpture to be located adjacent to the Great Lakes Science Center in Downtown, Cleveland this June in an effort to raise awareness about litter and pollution in Lake Erie. Participate in Saturday's clean-up and your name will be included on the sculpture’s plaque as a "contributing artist!"
After this long winter, your help is greatly appreciated! Supplies including trash bags, gloves and pickers will be provided. Meet at the central picnic pavilion at 10:00 a.m. for registration complimentary coffee and snacks generously donated by Collinwood neighborhood merchants. All cleanup participants will receive a coupon from Chili Peppers Mexican Grill (869 East 185th Street) good towards 1/2 off the purchase of a meal item and a drink! Please be sure to thank Chili Peppers Owner Steve Newman. For more information about the cleanup, visit - goo.gl/MqFg4D
Cleveland Metroparks Continues Significant Improvements at Cleveland’s Euclid Beach, Villa Angela and Wildwood Parks
It’s hard to believe that only 21 months have passed since the historic transfer of lakefront property brought Euclid Beach, Villa Angela and Wildwood parks from the State of Ohio’s Department of Natural Resources to Cleveland Metroparks.
Imagine clear blue skies, gently lapping waves, sand shifting under your toes. But what’s missing? A BOOK!
Thanks in part to a grant from Neighborhood Connections, in summer 2015 The Lakefront Literacy Project is bringing literature and a love of learning to Cleveland’s Euclid Beach Park’s lakefront with a custom-crafted mobile library, part of the renowned “Little Free Library” network. This free library dreamed up by North Collinwood residents Ali Lukacsy, Emily Martis, and Robert Gatewood and staffed by neighborhood volunteers will appear at the beach during weekends, holidays, and special programmed events and house a rotating collection of books, magazines, and newspapers catering to both children and adults and our English and Russian speaking North Collinwood neighbors.
In addition to donations from Cleveland Public Library, Half Price Books, and other local libraries, we are looking for books of all genres and all reading levels to be donated by community members like you. Email us at email@example.com to arrange a pick-up or drop off. Save the date and join us for the library’s Kickoff Celebration on Saturday, May 30, 2015 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and be one of the first to borrow a book! Learn more: www.facebook.com/lakefrontliteracy
Did you know that nearly 300 million pounds of plastic is produced globally each year, and less than 10 percent of that is recycled or given a second life. A large portion of the plastic is lost in the environment, primarily in Earth’s waterways, including Lake Erie. This is a huge environmental problem that threatens us all.
Join the Euclid Beach Adopt-A-Beach team as we kick off the 6th year of beach and street cleanups in North Collinwood and be part of the solution for a cleaner lakefront.
Need motivation? Since 2012, neighborhood artist Ali Lukacsy has been crafting with beach trash creating installations on Waterloo and Slavic Village and furniture including a piece currently on view at w.78th Street Studios. Her line, cigARTips, raises awareness about the most prolific form of plastic trash in The Great Lakes, cigarillo tips. In 2013, the Alliance for the Great Lakes reported that Lake Erie’s southern beaches collected more tips than any other region from New York to Wisconsin , that’s disgusting Ohio!
This spring, plastic trash collected from cleanups on lakes, rivers, and streams in the Greater Cleveland area will be incorporated into a large scale sculpture at North Coast Harbor part of the Great Lakes Science Center’s “Great Lakes Adventure Week” programming. In partnership with artist Loren Naji, Euclid Beach Adopt-A-Beach’s trash collection will also appear in an installation to debut during the Waterloo Arts Fest. Every clean-up participant’s name will appear next to the artwork downtown and in North Collinwood. Through art you can help educate the public about plastic pollution in our Lake.
As a resident of North Collinwood I am very thankful for the continued stewardship and vision of Cleveland Metroparks and its management of Euclid Beach, Villa Angela Beach, and Wildwood. The parks are clean, safe, and attractive recreational public spaces for the community, drawing many more residents to the Lake over the past two summers than when the parks were managed by the cash strapped State of Ohio.
Yet, over the past two summers, one fundamental safety concern has been sorely overlooked, lifeguards! Since the Cleveland Metroparks began managing Euclid Beach and Villa Angela Beach, a total of three drownings occurred, one in 2013 and two in 2014. In each of these tragic instances, the drownings occurred when an older adult entered the water to rescue a child. These drownings happened on a weekend afternoon in the summer when families were picnicking and other children were swimming in the Lake.
In statements released to local news media following each drowning, Cleveland Metroparks' officials stated that they would look into the incidents and explore how to improve water safety at Euclid Beach and Villa Angela Beach. Last year, signage was installed warning swimmers of the dangers of rip currents around the rock breakers. This was a good first step towards educating the public about swimming safety and employing lifeguards should have been the logical next step.
Planning for Euclid Beach Blast 2015 kicked off last week with what was hands down, our most well attended kickoff meeting yet! So many new faces and some familiar ones too, all excited to make this year's Blast an event to remember. This year's theme is 'Celebration' of all things great about our Lake, our park and our community!
If you are interested in participating in one of the event planning committees for Euclid Beach Blast 2015 and did not attend the kickoff meeting or if you just want to find out how you can get involved, please visit facebook.com/euclidbeachblast, contact Stephen Love at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 216-571-0685.
And don't forget to mark your calendars for Saturday, August 1, 2015 for the 6th annual Euclid Beach Blast!
It may only be January, but the Euclid Beach Blast is ready to kick off planning this year's event in full force! Last month, volunteers from last year's Euclid Beach Blast had an awesome brainstorm meeting, providing plenty of feedback, criticism and ideas to help make this year's Blast North Collinwood's premiere event on the Lakefront.
So please be sure to mark your calendars and/or RSVP on facebook for Wednesday, January 14, 2015 from 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at the Collinwood Rec Center (16300 Lakeshore Blvd. Cleveland 44110) for the Euclid Beach Blast 2015 kickoff planning meeting. We'll even throw in some delicious pizza and pop just for showing up...can't beat that right?
Whether you came to the volunteer brainstorming meeting, volunteered at the Euclid Beach Blast, came to the event last summer or just want to get involved in your community, we would love to have you join us!
Let's ring in the new year with a BLAST!
For more information, contact: Stephen Love, Euclid Beach Blast Coordinator at email@example.com or 216-571-0685
Don't forget to mark your calendars for Saturday, August 1, 2015 for the 6th Annual Euclid Beach Blast!
Also, if you have any pictures or videos from Euclid Beach Blast 2014, please email us or post them directly to facebook.
Join Euclid Beach Adopt-a-Beach(TM) Team volunteers on Saturday, November 15th 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. for our second annual street cleanup. Why a street cleanup and not a beach cleanup? Unfortunately, street litter accounts for the primary source of the trash that we collect after it has washed up on our beaches. Every time it rains, litter from our streets makes it way into our storm sewers and our storm sewers outflow either directly into Lake Erie or into creeks and tributaries. If it is on the ground chances are it will make it into our water. Check out some great resources about understanding storm water and watersheds and how you can make a difference at the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District Storm water education page: http://www.neorsd.org/stormwater-watersheds.php.
Volunteers will meet outside the Collinwood Recreation Center (16300 Lakeshore Blvd.) in the parking lot at 10:00 a.m. for registration. Cleanup teams will pick up litter along Lakeshore Boulevard between Wildwood Park and East 156th Street. Gloves, bags, rakes and trash pickers and refreshments will be provided. However, you are welcome to bring your own. Children under 10 are required to be accompanied by an adult. All participating volunteers will receive a coupon to Chili Peppers Restaurant, good for 1/2 off your purchase of a meal and a drink. Following the cleanup, we will have pizza inside the rec center.
Questions about participating in the cleanup, contact Stephen Love at 216-571-0685, firstname.lastname@example.org or on facebook.com/adopteuclidbeach
Hope to see you out on the street!
International Coastal Cleanup Day at Euclid Beach Cleanup and Wildwood Wetland and Bioswale Service Day. Join Euclid Creek Reservation partners for our first annual Fall Cleanup Day! Saturday September 20th, 10am-12pm
Euclid Beach Adopt-a-Beach Cleanup:
- Volunteers at Euclid Beach will take part in International Coastal Cleanup Day with a Euclid Beach Adopt-a-Beach cleanup.
- Meet at the Euclid Beach Picnic Pavilion (the entrance to Euclid Beach is located at 16250 Lakeshore Blvd. directly across the street from the Collinwood Rec Center).
- RSVP at facebook.com/adopteuclidbeach or contact Stephen Love at email@example.com or call 216-571-0685.
Not even gale force wind, blinding rain and two broken tents could stop the Euclid Beach Blast! And despite the threat of rain, we jammed and danced to live music from the Pride of Glenville Marching Band, Scott Hanson and the Champagnes, Panic Steel Ensemble and Grupo Son Gitano while chowing down on some great eats from the Callaloo Cafe, Beachland Ballroom, Euclid Beach Concessions & Gifts and for our sweet fix, Real Frut drinks, Chilli Pop Shop, Savannah Kettle Corn and a scoop or two of East Coast Custard!
And if great music and tasty food weren't enough, we made fun sand art and mural paintings with Cleveland Metroparks Outdoor Education, threw sand at the competition in the Waterloo Sculpture Garden Sand Castle Contest, stood awe struck in front of Sand Sculptor Greg Butauski's dragon and castle, took a beach joy ride on a Fat Bike with Bike Cleveland, struck a pose for a new Euclid Beach pier and chalked the walkway with artist Hector Castellanos!
But it wasn't just all fun and games, we also watched the amazing Upstage Players perform an original play, entitled 'No Easy Cleanup' about the importance of taking care of our beaches and our lake and had a chance to learn about all the great things individuals and organizations are doing in the community and region to improve beach and water quality and improve the quality of life in our neighborhood. And we heard from many of you through our Cleveland Metroparks surveys about the types of events, programming, improvements, hopes and dreams you have for Euclid Beach and our other Lakefront Parks, part of the Cleveland Metroparks Emerald Necklace. Information gathered on the survey walls will be used by Cleveland Metroparks as they develop a plan for making improvements to our Lakefront parks. Please be sure to look out for an article announcing upcoming community meetings held by Cleveland Metroparks to discuss park improvements.
Another year has passed and GOOD NEWS abounds! Two litters of kittens where born in the Euclid Beach Mobile Home Park this spring, which is the home for over a 100 healthy, spayed/ neutered cats. Two pregnant mommas where abandoned and we are caring for both mommas and their 7 precious kittens. Our round the clock care includes nutritious food, veterinary care, lots of cuddles and love….and endless litter box duty.
This year we celebrate Euclid Beach Feral Cat Project’s 5th year in action. Over 1,500 cats/kittens have been TNR/rescued in the North and South Collinwood neighborhoods. Our target area includes the historic Euclid Beach, Wildwood Marina, Euclid Beach Mobile Home Park, Euclid Beach Pier and the Euclid Beach Villa Apartments. We work tirelessly rescuing abandoned, abused, and the pregnant, who will continue to breed unless we do our important work. These unfortunate, beautiful animals would be doomed to a life of neglect, sickness, unbearable hardship, starvation, predators and never knowing the feeling of a loving hand to pet them.
2014 has been a very productive and we have had a busy seven months!
On Saturday July 19th from 10am-12pm, join Euclid Beach Adopt-a-Beach volunteers for our July Adopt-a-Beach cleanup and park bench painting!
In addition to our monthly Adopt-a-Beach cleanup, volunteers will have the opportunity to help paint park benches. The benches at Euclid Beach were painted by volunteers last summer and need some serious touching up before the Euclid Beach Blast! Shaun Jones, Cleveland Metroparks Maintenance Manager for Euclid Creek Reservation, would be very appreciative if volunteers could assist with this activity! So, if you like sanding and painting, we will have brushes and trays for you. But feel free to bring your own and wear clothes you don't mind getting dirty!
All volunteers will meet in the Euclid Beach Park Pavilion (16250 Lakeshore Blvd.) between 9:30 am and 10am to sign in, break up into teams and head out to the beach or to the benches. Refreshments will be available before and after the cleanup in the pavilion, but please feel free to bring a snack to share!
Gloves, trash pickers, rakes and bags will be provided for beach cleanup volunteers as well as brushes and and paint trays for the painters but feel free to bring your own if you prefer!
Please dress for the weather...whatever it may be and wear tennis shoes or boots!
For more information or to RSVP to the event on facebook, visit:
All participating volunteers will receive a gift card from Chili Peppers Fresh Mexican Grille (869 East 185th St.) good for one half off any menu item with the purchase of a fountain drink! Please be sure to thank Chili Peppers owner, Steve Newman for his support!
Hope to see you out at Euclid Beach!
On Friday evenings from 6pm-8pm during Euclid Beach Live (goo.gl/wB4R56) and all day on Saturdays and Sundays until August 3rd, stop by and try the soon to be famous Nor'easter Hawaiian shaved ice treat, nosh on a Polish Boy or get some of your very own Euclid Beach Blast gear including t-shirts, towels and beach balls! Purchase a Euclid Beach Blast (www.euclidbeachblast.com) t-shirt or towel and get 10% off your purchase of a Nor'easter! A percentage of the proceeds from the concession stand and Euclid Beach Blast merchandise will support future events and programming at Euclid Beach and provide seed investment for G-Wood Enterprises to operate the concession stand permanently next year. A huge thank you to Cleveland Metroparks and Marlene Gatewood and Don Allen of G-Wood Enterprises for breathing new life into the long shuttered Euclid Beach concession stand! Our Lakefront parks are on the up & up!
Believe it or not, Yarn n' Yoga and Euclid Beach Blast are less than a month away and we still need volunteers for event set up, staffing and take down for both events on Friday July 25th and Saturday August 2nd. And did we mention that volunteering comes with plenty of perks? All volunteers will receive a Euclid Beach Blast volunteer t-shirt, event food vouchers and a coupon good for one half off your meal purchase from Chili Peppers Restaurant (869 East 185th). What a deal!
If you are interested in volunteering for one or both events this summer, please enter the link below into your web browser and fill out our volunteer interest form:
Euclid Beach Blast Coordinator,
And be sure to mark your calendars to join us for one of two Euclid Beach Blast Volunteer Orientation Sessions at the Euclid Beach Park Picnic Pavilion (16250 Lakeshore Blvd).
The orientations will take place on:
Saturday July 26th 12pm-1pm - Lunch will be provided
Tuesday July 29th 6pm-8pm - Dinner will be provided
Volunteering will be a Blast!
Calling all Euclid Beach Blast and Waterloo Arts Fest volunteers!
Find out how you can volunteer for two of North Collinwood's biggest and most awesome events of the summer! Whether you have volunteered for the Beach Blast or the Waterloo Arts Fest in the past or would like to get involved for the first time, we would love to have you help us make this year’s events better than ever! And we'll even throw in some scoops of delicious ice cream!
They say lunch should be your biggest meal of the day, followed by an afternoon nap. And on Saturdays from 12pm to 3pm, the Beachland Ballroom Tavern is the place to chow down and just chill out! The Beachland Ballroom has recently launched lunch to their growing food menu and hope to expand lunch hours throughout the week. You can check out their awesome lunch menu as well as their scrumptious Sunday Brunch offerings and dinner menu here - http://www.beachlandballroom.com/menu.html.
But save your lunch appetite for Saturday June 21st when the Beachland is serving up lunch for the Euclid Beach Blast - a community organized and supported evening of live music, art, sand castles, great food and great fun at Euclid Beach Park www.euclidbeachblast.com! Between 12 pm and 3 pm, stop in for lunch at the Beachland Tavern and just mention the Euclid Beach Blast and 15% of your bill will go towards supporting this summer's awesome event! What more could you ask for? Great food for a great cause! Tell your family, tell your friends, tell your bank teller and then tell them to come back for lunch at the Beachland every Saturday! And please be sure to thank Beachland Ballroom owner, Cindy Barber, for organizing this awesome fundraising idea.
And if you are looking for a way to work up your lunch appetite on June 21st, look no further than the Euclid Beach Adopt-a-Beach Team June beach cleanup from 10am to 12pm at Euclid Beach Park (16301 Lakeshore Blvd. across from the Collinwood Rec Center)! Volunteers will meet in the park picnic shelter at 10am and sign in, break up into teams and head down to the beach. Gloves, trash pickers, rakes and bags will be provided for beach cleanup volunteers, but feel free to bring your own if you prefer! You can RSVP to the Adopt-a-Beach beach cleanup on our facebook page: goo.gl/TNxlU7
For more information about the Beachland Lunch Fundraiser or Adopt-a-Beach cleanup, contact:
Euclid Beach Blast Coordinator
Friday nights come alive this summer at Cleveland Metroparks Euclid Beach Park with a new, free outdoor concert series, Euclid Beach LIVE. Listen to cool sounds from local R&B, jazz, blues and Motown bands on Friday evenings, June 13 through July 25, from 6 – 8 p.m. at Euclid Beach Park in Cleveland Metroparks Euclid Creek Reservation.
Come out and have a picnic on the beach while enjoying live music. Pack a dinner with all your favorite picnic foods or enjoy barbeque from the Cleveland Metroparks Double Eagle Café! Don’t forget to bring lawn chairs or a blanket.
Find your perfect spot and get comfortable. Then sit back, relax after a long week and listen to the smooth sounds from these local bands:
Are you interested in marching in a parade? If you answered yes, then you are reading the right announcement! The Euclid Beach Blast event committee is looking for volunteers of all ages (children under age 12 should be accompanied by an adult) to march in the Alive on 185 Parade and pass out event postcards for the Beach Blast and the Waterloo Arts Fest. If you are interested in volunteering to march in the Parade on May 17th, or if you are interested in learning about other volunteer opportunities for this year's Euclid Beach Blast, please contact Stephen Love, Euclid Beach Blast Coordinator, at 216-571-0685 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. And mark your calendars for Saturday, August 2nd, from 4:30 pm to 8:30 pm for the 5th Annual Euclid Beach Blast! Euclid Beach Blast is an evening of live music, performances, workshops, kids activities and more celebrating all things Euclid Beach and Lake Erie!
Upstage Player is looking for ten motivated students ages 12-18 to participate in a summer
theater internship program. The focus of the program will be on protecting our
lakefront. We are collaborating with the Adopt a Beach program and will participate
in beach cleanups, meet experts on the Lakefront, visit Columbus and tour the
Statehouse, research and write and perform an original play to help promote
awareness of keeping the Lakefront clean. Each student is expected to attend the
following sessions and participate fully. Students will receive a total stipend of
$175. Please include one letter of recommendation from supervisor, teacher, coach etc. stating why you would be a good candidate for this summer program. This cannot be a person related to you. You do not have to
be an UpStage Player in order to be considered.
For more information and to download the application, visit: http://www.upstageplayers.com/forms.html
Applications with letters of recommendation must be emailed to Mrs. Carrie Walsh-Hilf
Artistic Director UpStage Players at email@example.com by Sunday, June 2nd
or mail to:
891 East 237th
Euclid, Ohio, 44123
If you have questions, do not hesitate to email Mrs. Carrie Walsh-Hilf.
On Saturday March 22nd, Euclid Beach Adopt-a-Beach Team volunteers already came within pounds of our all time trash weight record at our UN-Water World Water Day 2014 beach cleanup! Thanks to 45+ students from Case Western Reserve University, employees from Cleveland Division of Water Pollution Control, Keepin' It Fresh, Great Lakes Brewing Company and our dedicated community members, we collected over 516 pounds of trash (including 6 pounds of plastic cigar tips and 185 pounds of tires) and recyclables from the beach, the park, the Collinwood Rec Center bioswale and along Lakeshore Blvd., ensuring that trash on our streets does not become trash in our waterways. Special thanks to local businesses: Chili Peppers Fresh Mexican Grill, Star Pop, Fears' Confections, Blue Arrow Records, Gus's Diner 185 and Bagel Buddies for donating refreshments, coupons and awesome World Water Day 2014 trivia prizes! And finally, a big thank you to Tim at Cleveland Metroparks for helping us haul out all the trash and recyclables!
Cleveland Metroparks Open House Offered Community Members an Opportunity to see the Start of Big Plans for our Lakefront Parks
On Thursday, March 6th at the Collinwood Recreation Center, community residents had an opportunity to attend a public open house where Cleveland Metroparks presented updates about management, safety, programming and infrastructure improvements of the Lakefront Parks. The open house was one of two events coordinated by Cleveland Metroparks in partnership with Land Studio to provide residents on the near west side of Cleveland with updates about the coming year at Edgewater Park and residents in the Collinwood and Glenville neighborhoods with updates about the coming year at Euclid Beach, Villa Angela Beach, Wildwood Park and Gordon Park/East 55th St. Marina.
Cleveland Metroparks staff and administration, including Metroparks CEO Brian Zimmerman and COO Joseph Rozak were present at the meetings and available for questions and suggestions from community members.
The Open House Tables included tables outlining: An Overview of Park Operations, Programming, Events & Communications, Park Infrastructure, Safety & Security, Natural Resources, and Future Planning & Community Engagement.
The snow is still be falling and Lake Erie is still frozen over, but there are at least some signs of spring around if you look hard enough! And you know with spring comes beach cleanups!
Adopt-a-Beach volunteers will kick off the 2014 beach cleanup season on Saturday, March 22nd from 10am-12pm in celebration of World Water Day. World Water Day is a United Nations recognized day to focus attention on the importance of freshwater and sustainable use of freshwater. This year's World Water Day highlights the important connection water and energy use. You can read more at http://www.unwater.org/worldwaterday/about-world-water-day/world-water-day-2014-water-and-energy/en/.
Happy New Year! It's never too cold to start thinking about spring and summer at our lakefront parks. And this year, things are already heating up with all of the excitement and potential around the ownership transition to Cleveland Metroparks and the passage of the Metroparks operating levy. It has only been a half a year since the Cleveland Metroparks transition and we already see the difference in what Metroparks management means for Euclid Beach, Villa Angela and Wildwood parks: regular beachcombing, rangers patrolling the parks by car, by foot and sometimes by horse, dedicated maintenance staff routinely emptying trash and recycling bins and landscaping once overgrown flowerbeds, teams of structural engineers assessing park infrastructure and Urban Beach Ambassadors educating park visitors about the importance of taking care of our Great Lake.
Looking ahead to 2014, the Euclid Beach Adopt-a-Beach™ Team welcomes the opportunity to collaborate and support Cleveland Metroparks as we work together as a community to reimagine and reshape the future of our Lakefront parks! But before we look ahead to 2014, it is important to highlight some of our group’s past activities and accomplishments in 2013.
2013 Highlights of the Euclid Beach Adopt-a-Beach™:
- In 2013, over 200 volunteers from around the community and the region participated in our monthly Alliance for the Great Lakes Adopt-a-Beach™ beach cleanups, collecting close to 2,500 pounds in trash and recyclables and participated in beautification projects like painting and repairing park benches and trimming back overgrowth.
- Partnered with youth theater company, Upstage Players with support from a Neighborhood Connections Grant to put together a summer play writing program focused on Great Lakes education at Euclid Beach Park.
- Collaborated with Heather Triplett, Director of Cleveland Metroparks Volunteer Services and Alliance for the Great Lakes to secure an $15,000 grant from the Cleveland Foundation to launch a pilot the “Urban Beach Ambassadors” program. The Urban Beach Ambassador curriculum and activities will now be incorporated into the 2014 Trail Monitor training curriculum.
- Worked with Waterloo Arts, Northeast Shores Development and the Beachland Ballroom to organize the Euclid Beach Blast festival - an evening of live music, sand castles, engaging art and food to explore and celebrate all things great about Euclid Beach and Lake Erie.
Join Euclid Beach Adopt-a-Beach(TM) Team volunteers on Saturday November 9th from 10am-12pm for our first ever street cleanup! Why a street cleanup and not a beach cleanup you ask? Unfortunately, street litter accounts for the primary source of the trash that we collect after it has washed up on our beaches. Everytime it rains, litter from our streets makes it way into our storm sewers and our storm sewers outflow either directly into Lake Erie or into creeks and tributaries. If it is on the ground chances are it will make it into our water! Check out some great resources about understanding stormwater and watersheds and how you can make a difference at the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District' Stormwater education page: http://www.neorsd.org/stormwater-watersheds.php.
Neighborhood beach cleanup details:
Volunteers will meet outside the Collinwood Recreation Center at 10am for registration. Cleanup teams will pick up litter along Lakeshore Boulevard between the Collinwood Recreation Center and East 156th Street. Gloves, bags, rakes and trash pickers and refreshments will be provided, however you are welcome to bring your own! Children under 10 are required to be accompanied by an adult. All participating volunteers will receive a coupon to Chili Peppers Restaurant, good for 1/2 off your purchase of a meal and a drink!
Questions about participating in the cleanup?:
Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Stephen Love at 216-571-0685.facebook.com/adopteuclidbeach
Hope to see you out on the street on Saturday!
On a quiet, rainy day in June, a historic event took place at the Euclid Beach Park picnic pavilion. Governor John Kasich along with Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson terminated a 50 year lease between the City of Cleveland and the State of Ohio, relinquishing management of all six parks that comprised Cleveland Lakefront State Park (goo.gl/U6QOJu). Also at the Mayor's side was Cleveland Metroparks CEO Brian Zimmerman, ready to sign into a 99 year lease with the City of Cleveland and assume management responsibility of Cleveland's Lakefront parks including, Edgewater Beach, East 55th Marina, Gordon Park, Euclid Beach, Villa Angela Beach and Wildwood park and marina. Thankfully, this lease was also accompanied by $14 million in state funding that was allocated to Cleveland Metroparks to address additional staffing costs and deferred maintenance in the new Lakefront reservations over the next several years.
September 29, an early fall Sunday in Cleveland. The week before, the Cleveland Browns won their first 2013 football game over the Minnesota Vikings. Could they win today over state rival Cincinnati Bengals? The Cleveland Indians had an afternoon game, playing to clinch the home field for their first playoff appearance in six years. Despite this competition it appeared Euclid Beach Park Now's ninth annual event held at the former site of Euclid Beach Park may have set a new attendance record. Turnout of previous years was estimated at up to 3,000. Looking toward the parking lot one saw all spaces taken and looking toward the park one saw a multitude of individuals taking in the events scheduled from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Weather was excellent: temperatures in the lower 70's, a slight breeze, partly cloudy, and no rain. The event is seeing more younger families attending, members of which were not even born when the park closed at the end of its 1969 season.
The ninth annual "Remembering the Sights and Sounds of Euclid Beach Park" will be held rain or shine on Sunday, September 29 at Euclid Creek Reservation, Euclid Beach Park from 1pm to 5pm.
As in past years, walking tours of the park will be available, giving some of the history of the old amusement park and of the family which owned and managed it, The Humphrey Family. Also, the location of rides and attractions that once stood when the park was Cleveland's most beloved amusement park will be pointed out. Self tours can be taken as posters with photos and text will be placed where the ride or attraction operated.
"Laughing Sal" will be present, she never misses this event. Also displayed will be the "Artizan Band Organ," that played beneath the "Rocket Ships," the "Kiddie Hook and Ladder" from Kiddieland and other Euclid Beach Ride cars. One of the old coaster cars from the "Racing Derby" will be on display. The "Racing Derby" made its debut at the park 100 years ago as the "Derby Racer."
A car show will be held in conjunction with this annual event, "The Cars we Drove to Euclid Beach Park," no car newer than 1969, the year the park closed. There will be live pony rides for children, and food: hot dogs, chips, Weber's Frozen Whip and of course, Humphrey Popcorn Balls and Candy Kisses.
Richard Wickens is the Vice President of Euclid Beach Park Now.
Take part in International Coastal Cleanup Day and Conservation Day at Euclid Beach September 21st 10am-12pm
Saturday September 21st is going to be an exciting day to volunteer in Euclid Creek Reservation!
Join volunteers for a beach cleanup at Euclid Creek Reservation-Euclid Beach (16301 Lakeshore Boulevard) as we take part in International Coastal Cleanup Day --the world's single largest shoreline cleanup. On Saturday September 21st, thousands of volunteers in partnership with the Ocean Conservancy, Ohio Lake Erie Commission Coastweeks Program, and Alliance for the Great Lakes Adopt-a-Beach(TM) program will clean beaches across the world's oceans and along the Great Lakes, including Lake Erie, to raise awareness about the impact of trash on beach and water quality. Volunteers will not only remove debris, they will also record their findings. The data collected by volunteers is used to educate the public, share with local beach authorities and improve our beaches across Ohio, the Great Lakes and the world.
Volunteers will meet in the Euclid Beach picnic shelter at 10am and should wear pants, close-toed shoes and dress appropriately for the weather--whatever the weather may be (We clean up rain or shine)! You should also bring bug spray and sunscreen. Children under 10 are required to be accompanied by an adult. Gloves, bags, rakes and trash pickers will be provided but you are welcome to bring your own. Euclid Beach is located at 16301 Lakeshore Blvd. Cleveland OH 44110.
After the beach cleanup, check out the Cuyahoga Soil and Watershed District's Conservation Day over at Wildwood Park(16975 Lakeshore Blvd.)--just a hop, skip and a jump down Lakeshore or on the lake path through Villa Angela Beach. Following a stream cleanup and the dedication of the Euclid Creek Wetlands project, pizza and refreshments will be provided to all participating volunteers between 11:30am and 12pm.
All beach cleanup volunteers will receive a 1/2 off your meal coupon from Chili Peppers Restaurant (869 East 185th St.) as well as a chance to win tickets to a Jack Johnson Charity Auction Concert in Akron on September 29th.
For more information and to RSVP for the September 21st beach cleanup, attend our facebook event http://goo.gl/533w9y email email@example.com or call Stephen Love at 216-571-0685.
You can also check out our Beach Cleanup Schedule for the rest of Fall 2013: Saturday October 26th, 10am-12pm and Saturday November 16th, 10am-12pm.
This year, the Euclid Beach Blast 2013 was truly a blast. For the first time the parking lot hit maximum capacity with an estimated attendance of 1500 people! We jammed and danced to live music from the Hesitations, the Wingtones and Grupo Son Gitano, chowed down on some great eats from B&M Barbeque, Callaloo Cafe, TB's Hot Dogs & Hoagies and got our sweet fix with Real Frut drinks and a scoop or two of East Coast Custard.
They say it takes a village to raise a child. On Global Youth Service Day 2013, Euclid Beach Adopt-a-Beach volunteers learned that it also takes a village to clean and care for our beach, our park and our Great Lake!
The Euclid Beach Feral Cat Project has been practicing TNR (trap, neuter, release) since its inception in 2009. To date, the Project has assisted nearly one thousand cats! The accomplishments of the EBFCP during 2012 include the "TNR" of 129 cats, the surrender of 175 cats to the Cleveland APL, 11 adoptions by the EBFCP itself, and the birth of only 2 kittens in the monitored, feral community! This represents the saving of over 730 cats from the streets of North Collinwood areas including Wildwood Marina, The Euclid Beach Mobile Home Park, the state park pier, and Euclid Beach Villa Apartments. These numbers also reflect the spay and neutering of 233 cats. To give you an idea of how many cats this project is actually saving consider these statistics: The average number of litters a fertile cat can produce in one year is 3. The average number of kittens in a feline litter is 4–6. In seven years, one female cat and her offspring can theoretically produce 420,000 cats. Only 1 in 12 of those 420,000 cats born find a home. These are facts and the work of The Euclid Beach Feral Cat Project cuts down on the numbers in these statistics dramatically.
The primary focus of the Project is the Euclid Beach area where cats and kittens are routinely "dumped". The EBFCP now safely and securely houses and cares, daily, for over 128 - now healthy - residents. The Euclid Beach Feral Cat Project works closely with the Cleveland Animal Protective League to find homes for those friendly enough to be adopted. Those that remain as residents of the Euclid Beach area are strictly monitored, and provided with food, shelter and medical care. The dedication of those that run the EBFCP is overwhelming, unfaltering and constant.
A Look Back, A Look Ahead...
Happy New Year! It's never too late to say it and it's never too cold to think about the beach! At least that's what volunteers of the Euclid Beach Adopt-a-Beach Team say! For the past three years, through monthly beach cleanups, Adopt-a-Beach volunteers have picked up close to 3,500 pounds of trash and recyclables at Euclid Beach State Park in Cleveland! But there's a lot more to talk about than just picking up trash on the beach!
- Over 250 volunteers from all around the community and the region participated in beach cleanups and park beautification projects at Euclid Beach in 2012!-A HUGE thanks to the entire Swagelok Team and a shout out to Super Volunteer Rhiannon Murkowski!
- Beautified the parks with over $2,000 in native plantings at Euclid Beach and Edgewater Beach State Parks thanks to support from the Friends of Edgewater, Cleveland Waterfront Coalition, Drink Local Drink Tap and the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District. Special thanks to Key Bank community volunteers for helping with the planting!
- Partnered with Arts Collinwood, Project Pop Up Galleries and Northeast Shores to organize the second annual Euclid Beach Blast festival-an evening of live music, sand castles, art and food to celebrate all things great about our great Lake!
- Partnered with local businesses to support beach cleanups and local business involvement in the community. We are especially grateful for Chili Peppers Mexican Grill commitment to offer burrito gift cards to our volunteers and to Name Brand Paint and Hardware Closeouts for supplying paint for all of the park benches!